BASIC "BOXING MATH" FOR "DUMMIES"

WELCOME TO A QUICK COURSE AKA “BOXING 101”

In the abyss that is the world of prizefighting/boxing, there is nothing moreheartbreaking than getting robbed out of a deserved decision. That being said Iwant to be the first to congratulate Bernard Hopkins for beingthe third longest reigning (ex) champion in boxing history. And at the sametime, hail to the new chief and World middleweight champion JermainTaylor. Folks, there was no controversy here. What you had Saturdaynight was a fight in which people saw what they wanted, and not the actual 12round fight., WELCOME TO A QUICK COURSE AKA “BOXING 101”

In the abyss that is the world of prizefighting/boxing, there is nothing moreheartbreaking than getting robbed out of a deserved decision. That being said Iwant to be the first to congratulate Bernard Hopkins for beingthe third longest reigning (ex) champion in boxing history. And at the sametime, hail to the new chief and World middleweight champion JermainTaylor. Folks, there was no controversy here. What you had Saturdaynight was a fight in which people saw what they wanted, and not the actual 12round fight.

GET OUT THE ABACUS, OR TAKE OFF YOUR SOCKS!

If Hopkins loses the first four rounds, and he did without question, Bernard isnow losing 40-36. Call the fifth 10-10 (even) its 50-46 Jermain. And if youtab the sixth, seventh, and eighth rounds for Taylor, you have a pit that onlya series of knockdowns or an actual KO will get you out of as the scorecardreads 80-73 after eight. I may have erred in giving Taylor the ninth, but thereare three rounds left and even if you gave the fifth and the ninth to Bernard,the lead is still an insurmountable 88-83. Put the finalthree frames in Hopkins pocket (the 12th was close), and you arrive at 115-113with Taylor winning, and without even a slight hint of any controversy.

BOXING FANS TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING

What a lot of you dont realize that fights are notdetermined by which fighter happens to look the fresher, more composed at theconclusion. Not even their controlling the championship rounds will win thefight, not if they dont win a majority of rounds. This was a 12-roundaffair, one in which some of the ringside media incredibly had Hopkins winning.And yet, a good majority of those polled leaving the MGM GrandGarden Arena thought the decision albeit split at116-112 (Jerry Roth-Hopkins),& 115-113 (Dave Smith, Duane Ford) for Taylor was right.

THAT HEAD BUTT WAS ONE THAT BUZZED TAYLOR

Most people have never been head-butted in their lives,but imagine having your head slammed into a concrete wall. Are you picturingthis? Because, thats what Taylor was feeling in the fifth when Hopkins hit himwith his head. The cut, an inch or more into the hairline (above the forehead)was one that was so deep it went to the skull bone! Are we still visualizingthe cut, the pain, confusion, possible blurred vision, etc that is associatedwith running your head into that concrete wall. OK, now imagine having to fightanother seven rounds?

REMATCH “ON HOLD” BECAUSE OF DEEP BUTT/CUT

They were talking about an October 1 rematch. But thatwill have a lot to do with the healing of Jermains cranium. Seeing Hopkins hasmade a promise ot his mother to not box beyond his 41st birthday, he may justhave to break that in order to get two more fights in by February 2006.

LEONARD LEARNED HOW TO FIGHT WITH DURAN

“Sugar Ray” Leonard wasunbeaten when he faced ascending lightweight champion RobertoDuran on June 20, 1980. Ray was decisivelybeaten. And even though judge Angelo Polletti scored 13 of the 15 rounds even, Roberto was the unanimousdecision winner. In that Montreal ring that night, a boy named Ray became a manin losing a fight. On Saturday night July 16, 2005, Jermain Taylor became a manand he won the fight!

Pedro Fernandez

Contact the writer Pedro@RingTalk.com

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